Canadian Networks to Outperform Early 5G Countries

December 12, 2019 – A recent Opensignal report on the future performance of Canadian and U.S. networks suggests that Canada is poised to leapfrog other countries who had earlier 5G deployments. This is due to Canada's ability to transition directly to the more efficient standalone version of 5G network technology. Opensignal notes that a primary hindrance to 5G deployment in Canada is still the country’s spectrum auction timeline, which has so far only allocated licenses in the 600 MHz band.

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5G to Add 250,000 Jobs, $40B to Annual GDP by 2026

December 9, 2019 – A new report from CWTA concludes that 5G deployment will benefit local industries, governments and services by facilitating smart cities, providing better coverage, and fostering local business uses cases. The report anticipates 5G networks could contribute billions to Canada’s economy, while enabling key advancements in energy, agriculture, transportation and rural connectivity. It emphasizes 5G’s role in driving Canadian innovation, as well as quality-of-life benefits that will result across the country.

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Montreal Smart Living Lab to Include LAA Technology

November 28, 2019 – The Open-Air Laboratory for Smart Living (LabVI) has added License Assisted Access (LAA) technology to its Montréal test site, further supporting the development of innovative new services and applications. LAA combines unlicensed 5 GHz spectrum with licensed spectrum to offer better data rates and faster end-user experiences. In conjunction with LabVI’s traditional cellular network, the new system will support very high continuous throughputs and peak speeds of over 600 Mbps.

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FCC Unveils New $9B Fund for Rural 5G Deployment

December 4, 2019 – FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced a $9B fund to accelerate 5G deployment throughout rural America. It will replace the Mobility Fund Phase II, which was intended to offer federal support for LTE services in unserved areas. A recent report found that 4G coverage data for the MFPII could not be relied on to advance the program. Rural providers informed the FCC that the maps were inconsistent with on-the-ground experiences and overestimated the existing amount of rural coverage.

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5G Will Make Up 45% of Global Mobile Traffic by 2025

November 25, 2019 – 5G will make up 45% of global mobile data traffic by 2025, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report. The report predicted that two thirds of the world will have 5G access within six years. The adoption rate for 5G services will be fastest in North America – with nearly 75% of subscriptions being 5G by 2025 – while North East Asia is expected to see the greatest increase in cellular IoT.

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Is Early 5G Marketing Confusing to U.S. Consumers?

December 9, 2019 – According to technology writer Sue Marek, as 5G becomes more available in the U.S., some of its branding might be confusing. AT&T currently uses the term 5GE in markets that receive “very fast” LTE. Where it offers faster 5G through mmWave spectrum, AT&T calls the service 5G+. Verizon, meanwhile, uses the term Ultra Wideband for its mobile 5G service. Marek believes that having multiple 5G labels is complicated and makes it harder to explain why consumers should pay to upgrade their devices.

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"Connectivity Cravings" to Drive 5G Demand: Survey

December 4, 2019 – 67% of consumers would upgrade to a 5G-enabled smartphone, according to the first U.S. release of the “Connectivity and Mobile Trends” survey by Deloitte. 62% said they would replace home internet with 5G Wi-Fi if it was as fast as fibre. The study found that U.S. households now have 11 connected devices on average, including seven smart screens, that will fuel a connectivity craving for 5G.

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Cloud Gaming Could Be the "Killer Use Case" for 5G

November 26, 2019 – Developing cloud gaming is all about 5G network architecture. This is according to Cisco’s lead 5G global systems architect, Ron Malenfant. Malenfant also believes 5G’s ability to increase download speeds will benefit cloud platforms such as Google Stadia. He additionally sees faster 5G connectivity allowing developers to include better graphics and interactive designs, while permitting vast, complex games to be carried in users’ pockets.

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